Walt Disney World MagicBands and the NEW MagicMobile Guide

Have you seen the cool bands people are wearing at Walt Disney World? Those neat looking bracelets are called a MagicBand. MagicBands are all the rage and can make a vacation easier and more fun!

Here is everything to need to know about the bands, including what MagicBands are, how to get one, what they do, and ways to customize them. We’ll also cover how to link the MagicBands to purchases, tips for traveling with bands, and ways to get help with them. Our guide also covers the free service called MagicMobile which guests can use with their phone in place of a MagicBand.

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What is a MagicBand?

Disney Parks Treats MagicBand 2

A MagicBand is a colorful, waterproof wristband that resembles a bracelet or watch.   These secure devices are a Disney guest’s “all in one” for accessing plans and vacation choices while in the parks and at the resort hotels. Guests will use their bands to easily touch to a sensor, which is called a touch point.

There is also the option of a MagicBand card. The MagicBand cards work just like the bands but resemble a credit card or driver’s license. Both MagicBands and cards allow guests to travel lighter throughout their stay.

How to Get a MagicBand

Chip 'n Dale MagicBand 2

Until the beginning of 2021 all guests received a MagicBand in the mail before their trip. Now, guests have the option to purchase a MagicBand or can just use a “Key to the World” card or the My Disney Experience app in the same ways that they used the MagicBand. The card resembles a hotel key and can touched to all the same points where you used the MagicBand. The My Disney Experience mobile app now also has the power to function as a ticket through RFID technology in the phone.

Disney Resort hotel guests will have the option to purchase new MagicBands at a discount. Guests can also purchase MagicBands online from the shopDisney app. Bands can also be purchased at select Walt Disney World shops, Disney Springs stores, or other retail locations. Be sure to look for special offers, including limited-edition MagicBands. These special bands can also trigger light and sound effects at some touch point locations.

New MagicMobile Service Coming Soon

This new feature will launch in phases later this year which will be a way to access the same MagicBand features through your iPhone, Apple Watch or other smart device. Guests will be able to create a Disney MagicMobile pass through the My Disney Experience app and add it to their smart device’s digital wallet. This will essentially transform your phone into a MagicBand with the services first rolling out on Apple devices.

This is not replacing the MagicBand service but is just another option guests can use instead of MagicBands if they prefer. So don't worry, MagicBands aren't going anywhere!

This change is likely in response to MagicBands no longer being free with a resort stay so that way guests can utilize a free option if they don't want to purchase a MagicBand for their trip.

Until this new feature launches the existing digital room key feature will continue to be available in My Disney Experience app and hotel guests may also still pick up a Key to the World card by visiting the front desk.

What Can a MagicBand Do?

Mulan MagicBand 2

Guests can use their MagicBands for all kinds of cool things! MagicBands can be used to enter the theme parks, water parks, your hotel room, and other hotel amenities. Guests can also use their bands to connect Disney PhotoPass images to a guest’s account. It's likely that guests will also use their Magic Bands when using the new Genie+ system at Disney World!

Guests can also use the bands to charge food and merchandise purchases to their rooms during their hotel stay. The MagicBands can also unlock special surprises personalized for guests throughout the resorts! They're a great feature for convenience and allows guests to be hands free.

Keep in mind when charging purchases to your MagicBand, your card on file will be charged in $100 increments. So if your charges are at $105 then a $200 pending hold will be put on your card until your hotel bill is finalized.

Customizing the MagicBand

Mickey Mouse American Legend MagicBand 2 - Limited Release

Guests can personalize their MagicBands and make them colorful and stylish. The bands come in 8 solid colors, including pink, green, red, purple, orange, yellow, blue and gray. Each family member can choose their own color, or the group can purchase matching bands.

Additionally, Disney Resort hotel guests and Walt Disney World Passholders can personalize their MagicBands at least eleven days before their arrival by creating or signing into their Disney account. Guests just need to link their reservation or Annual Pass to their Disney account, and then they can customize their band.

The Tomorrowland Light & Power Co. in Magic Kingdom park allows guests to purchase a MagicBand and customize it with various color and image combinations. You can also find a large variety online at ShopDisney.com with varieties of Disney characters, Dooney & Burke collaborations, and more!

Link a MagicBand to Purchases

Disney Parks MagicBand 2 - Millennial Pink

Once a guest has purchased a MagicBand, they can link it to their Disney account. Guests simply need to create or sign into their Disney account, and link their bands. The number to link your MagicBand is on the back of the band- on the opposite side of the Mickey Mouse symbol.

Disney has taken extensive measure to keep these bands secure. MagicBands and cards are part of MyMagic+, which is a voluntary service guests can use to protect their information.

Using MagicBands for FastPass+Magic Band Guide: Girl scanning her Magic Band at a ride

The best thing about using a MagicBand? You can use them to access your FastPass+ reservations throughout the park! All you do is touch your band to the FastPass+ censor and you're good to go!

Update: FastPass+ has now officially been retired! The new replacement Disney Genie+ will launch sometime this Fall. This new program will still utilize the previous FastPass lines so guests will likely still use MagicBands to scan in!

Traveling with MagicBands

Han Solo and Chewbacca MagicBand 2 - Solo: A Star Wars Story

Disney recommends traveling with the MagicBands, instead of checking them into your luggage. Guests will want to be able to access their bands, especially if using Disney's Magical Express, which is the complimentary motor coach service from Orlando International Airport to the Disney Resort hotels.

Plus, you can use your MagicBand to open your Disney Resort hotel room!

Assistance with MagicBands

Rocket and Groot MagicBand 2 - Guardians of the Galaxy

Need help setting up or using your MagicBand? Disney’s Help Center has some great resources, including Frequently Asked Questions, and links to chat with, email, or call a cast member. Guests can call (407) 939-4357 for help, or complete an online form for email assistance.

I Am Mickey Mouse MagicBand 2

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About Monique Smalling

Monique and her husband, Ted, live in Sacramento, California with their two daughters, Sydney (14) and Reagan (13). Sydney's first trip to Disneyland was at one year old, and the family has been hooked ever since. The family has been annual pass holders for several years and visit the Happiest Place on Earth every couple of months. Each visit includes 3 to 4 days in the parks before heading to the beach. Monique and her daughters consider themselves huge Disney fans, and love sharing their knowledge and tips on the parks.

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2 comments add your comment

  1. I want to know how can I get a wrist band that’s customized since I already have a seasonal pass.

  2. guests are not going to be hands free. They will have to carry their phones all day. this genie thing sucks. Magic Bands were perfect. Hands were free. Walk up scan wrist and move on. No phone and trying to figure things out. Genie sucks and now can only pick one ride at a time so have to sit down after every ride, get out phone and figure out what is next. SUCKS. Why couldn’t Chapek leave well enough alone.

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